Frequently Asked Questions
How often do I need to be at the station?
The Companies Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) asks for 40 hours per month.
You are required to attend your duty crew. Upon starting your probationary membership, you will volunteer for or be assigned to a duty crew. The weeknight crews are Monday through Sunday from 1800-0700. The daytime crews are Monday through Friday 0700 – 1800. Weekend daytimes are staffed by volunteers that would like to run more calls.
We also have Company Meetings the second Monday of every month. The meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and usually end between 9 and 10 p.m.
Monthly training drills, the first Monday (7 p.m.) and third Saturday (8 a.m.) of every month
How much initial training is involved?
Core Classes – During Red Hat, the new member will sign up for required classes known as Core Classes. You will take these classes during your Red Hat portion of training. They consist of:
Orientation for New Entries (ONE) Training
CPR – Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Training
National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training
EMT-Basic Class – (140 hours) - If you decide to become an EMT-B, classes run about 3 months and are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays/Sundays or Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays/ Sundays. The weekday classes are from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and the Saturday classes are from 9am-4pm. These classes are generally offered twice a year.
Firefighter 1 and 2 Class – (165 hours) - If you decide to become a Firefighter, classes run about 4 months and are Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays/Sundays or Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays/Sundays. The weekday classes are from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and the weekend classes are from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. These classes are generally offered once a year.
What if I have to miss a duty crew?
We ask that you find someone of equal training to swap shifts with you. For example, if you are an Ambulance Driver, speak with other Ambulance Drivers and see if you can switch duty crews that week. A lot of times, people will cover your shift and then ask for you to cover them at a later date. If you are unable to obtain coverage, contact your duty crew Officer and they will help.
What benefits will I receive?
Station Uniform -- You will receive two free shirts, and sweatshirt initially and one free each year thereafter. You will need to buy your own duty crew pants and steel toe boots.
Service Recognition --The station provides service recognition for one, five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five and thirty years of service
PPE – Personal Protective Equipment -- You will be issued a set of bunker gear and boots
Personal Property Tax -- If the title is in your name, you can choose one vehicle to be tax-free in Fauquier County. You will also receive a free county sticker if you live in Fauquier County or the Town of Warrenton.
How do I become a member?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be contacted and told when the next interview process will start. Then you will complete your application package, pass your criminal history check, and attend our next business meeting to be introduced for your 30 days introductory period. At the next business meeting, the second Monday of each month, you will be voted on by the Membership for your 6 month probationary period. You will find out that night if you were accepted.
What is the difference between Operational and Administrative Members?
If you are applying to be an Operational Member (Running), you will be required to attend duty crews, required trainings and classes, and become either an EMT and/or Firefighter.
If you are applying to be an Administrative Member (Non-Running), you will be helping to keep the station running smoothly from day to day. Generally, it is whatever you feel you can contribute and applying any special skills that you may have. Some examples of what our Administrative Members do are:
Organizing the Departments quarterly events.
Planning and running fundraisers.
Helping with mailings for Membership drives.
Find, document, and submit grants for our Department.
What is a Probationary Member (RED HATS)?
Upon being voted into WVFC, you will be on probation and a part of the RED HATS. After six months and completing your initial training class the membership will vote on whether or not to accept you as a full member.
While on probation, you will not be able to vote during company meetings or drive any department vehicles.
Are there any health/medical requirements?
You do not have to be able to run a marathon to join our department, but you do need to have a certain amount of stamina and agility to be able to become an EMT and/or a Firefighter.
During the application process you will be required to undergo a Fauquier County physical. Do not get your own physical it will not count.
What if I am a fully qualified Firefighter or EMT that wants to join?
We will work closely with you to ensure you have a streamlined membership process and we will enter you in the membership process any time of the year. There are requirements, just like where you work or have volunteered previously that we must go through. You will still complete the interview process, fill out applications, and provide copies of your driver’s license, driving record, and birth certificate. You will also need to provide a copy of your less than one year old medical release from your current or past department (NFPA 1582 Medical Release) and your training certificates.
I have another state’s certification, will that work?
Virginia Department of Fire Programs recognizes “Pro Board” certifications from other states as equal to our own. Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services recognizes National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians as equal to Virginia Certification. Each of these requires actions by our Training Officers to verify reciprocity.
Please click on the following sections for more information on joining our station:
Training and Benefits
Frequently Asked Questions